Friday night's Eastern Conference Finals Game 6 between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers has been pretty lopsided since the first quarter as LeBron James and Co. have been dominating their rival.
"I tried to squeeze the orange until there was no more juice", James told reporters after logging 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists while playing all 48 minutes of the series finale.
LeBron James has not missed the NBA Finals since 2010.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens considered changing his starting lineup, but made a decision to stick with the same first five - Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris, Al Horford, and Terry Rozier - as the first three games.
"The second quarter definitely killed us", Rozier said of Cleveland's 34-18 advantage. James is now averaging 33.9 points per game in 22 career shots at elimination.
If anyone can lift these Cavs to a fourth straight finals trip, it is James, statistically the greatest player ever in elimination games and subjectively simply the greatest player ever.
Now, the only question is who the Cavaliers will play for a chance at their second title in three years: The Rockets host Game 7 of the Western Conference finals against Golden State on Monday night, and the victor will host the opener of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
"You're not going to get anywhere by looking ahead or behind", he said after noting how much stamina is required by teams to reach this stage of the postseason.
Seventeen of those points came in the second quarter, when he made his first three 3-pointers of the game and attempted his first six free throws.
This has been the most grueling playoff run in the four years since James returned to the Cavs. "Obviously, like I said the other night, I believe in every guy on the bench, whether they played the other night or not".
After Kevin Love went down halfway through the opening quarter, the signs looked ominous for the Cavaliers but it wasn't to be this time.
The Cavaliers will take on either the reigning champions Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets in the championship series. "I can't say enough good things about him". The Cavaliers are the first team since the 2008 Celtics to win multiple Game 7s to get to the Finals. Following Game 6, Love said he was a "toss-up" to play, which would be a big loss for the Cavs.
Aron Baynes couldn't contribute to the scoreboard while Jayson Tatum only managed 15 points on 7-13 shooting from the floor.
Game seven will be in Boston from 10.30am AEST on Monday.
He also commented on his recovery routine and how it changes once the playoffs begin and the rest between games gets shorter. Jeff Green added 14. Whether you want to blame it on James' flopping or the refs' inabilities to make accurate calls is up to you, though.
Not long after that, James hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put the game on ice while scoring 12 points following the mishap.
Al Horford put up zero points on 0-for-4 from the field, but he did have four rebounds and three assists in the first half.
- Memorial Day gas prices highest in 4 years
- The president talks North Korea after meeting with Joshua Holt
- Harvey Weinstein accusers Rose McGowan and Asia Argento react to his arrest
- China’s License to Participate in 2018 RIMPAC Revoked by the Pentagon
- Milwaukee police apologize for arrest, tasing of National Basketball Association player
- Chris Paul gives Steph Curry the shimmy treatment
- Alberto forms in the Gulf, flooding rains forecast
- Solo: A Star Wars Story Gets Disappointing Opening Day
- What Harvey Weinstein Brought to Court as He's Charged With Sexual Assault
- Max Verstappen - I can't explain series of mistakes